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Fair and Equal Pay? - January 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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S urgical items are mistakenly left inside patients 4,500 to 6,000 times a year. While reports of retractors, knife blades, scalpels, clamps and scissors found on post- op X-rays grab our attention, it's a less glamorous item that causes the most problems — surgical sponges, which account for 70% of items left behind, according to research studies and government data. Retained items can cause perforation, granuloma, obstruction, infec- tion and even death. Considering the risks associated with a second surgery to remove the item, the cost of a subsequent hospitalization (Medicare denies payment for these related costs) and the inevitable malpractice suit, it's hard to understand why more attention isn't given to preventing these costly mistakes. If money talks, then the medical and liability costs associated with retained objects — which easily exceed $200,000 — should be a compelling reason for you to do all you can to reduce the risk. J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 7 5 What you can do to ensure that nothing's left behind. Strategies to Prevent Retained Objects Camille L. Harlan, RN, JD Cincinnati, Ohio • KEEP COUNTING AORN recommends counting all sponges, sharps, and related miscellaneous items at 5 different times.

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